European Body Sees Algae Fuel Industry in 10-15 Years
Industrial-scale production of bioenergy from algae, or seaweeds, can be expected in 10 to 15 years, helping Europe to reach its green energy targets, the top official at a newly created bioenergy body said on Wednesday. … Research into algae-made biofuels has been active in the last 3 to 5 years, but it would take another 10 to 15 years to turn laboratory experiments into industrial-scale production, said Raffaello Garofalo, executive director of the European Algae Biomass Association.
“It will happen in the longer term, 10 to 15 years … There are still challenges and problems to resolve,” Garofalo told Reuters in a telephone interview from Florence, Italy, where the EABA was officially launched on Wednesday.
The new association unites 54 members representing science and industry and aims to be the platform for creating a full algae-based production chain, from biofuels to animal feed and nutrients, Garofalo said. READ MORE